Beautiful Land By Bus

January 13th, 2013

So far I’ve taken one bus on the Beautiful Land by Bus Home-coming Tour and about to take another after a two day rest in sunny Nelson- this small population only sustains a limited public transport network… In the Tasman/Marlborough area it was travel by band wagon- and what an amazing time. The five shows [...]

Engine Running

July 31st, 2012

Today the rain is settling after a short spell of hot humid weather in London. The Olympics are happening on the other side of London and I am pleased that I don’t live in Hackney and wake up to the sound of iroquois helicopters and cadets marching in the street. Ben Wood is returning to [...]

Moments in fourteen countries over three months.

August 18th, 2011

I am in the Midi Pyrenees for some downtime in preparation for writing a new body of work. Castelsagrat is a small rustic town. I am staying in a large stone house covered in geckos bathing in 36 degree heat, ducking into crevices as I walk by. Rose scent fills the air, gypsies hang outside [...]

Pop supremacy and material culture, genocide and now Europe.

July 10th, 2011

In Malaysia and Singapore I felt like a fish out of water. The predominant music interest in Malaysia and Singapore is pop/ club/ techno. While riding in taxis, whilst eating roti at the mamuk stall at 8am…. Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Chris Brown reign supreme on TV screens, in malls, covered by bands who headlined [...]

Oji and Osaka

June 1st, 2011

Yougendo Guesthouse in Oji was a bit like the Mussel Inn, relaxed garden bar, gorgeous building and guestrooms. Oji is a very small town a bit like Invercargill or Temuka. I was welcomed to the kawai 100 year old converted guesthouse that I would play and stay in for the next two nights. In the [...]

Fukuoka to Kyoto

May 21st, 2011

I was right to be looking forward to the shows in Japan that I arranged through friends and through random web searches. I had a lot of fun in Fukuoka with the First of December duo and some new friends who made the effort to come to the show from further afield in Kyushu, including [...]

Ginga Gaijin (The Dreaded Godzilla)

May 18th, 2011

I thought I’d take the opportunity while on the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka to begin my blog. I am increasingly self-conscious… so many tsk tsks and huff puffs when faced with my oversized odd-shaped luggage in rush hour that when a middle aged woman smiled at me a moment ago I got a complete [...]

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